Leiden, The Netherlands

Reintroducting principles of human forgetfulness to digital memory.

Ever since we can remember, humans forget. Forgetting has always been the norm and remembering the exception. Today this balance is shifting. In digital culture forgetting has become the exception and remembering the default. Though forgetting is not a human bug, it is a feature.

That what is considered as memory failures are actually functions that are surprisingly vital to our everyday life. A USB memory stick was created that is able to forget. The USB stick runs a portable application that self governs the existence of the files that it contains.

This research project was conducted within the Master of Science in Media Technology.